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A weekly interview series from Russell Brand that examines what's beneath the surface—of the people we admire, the ideas that define our time, and the history we’re told. Speaking with guests from the worlds of academia, popular culture, and the arts, Russell seeks to uncover the ulterior truth behind our constructed reality. And have a laugh.
On his new podcast ‘Above the Noise’ Russell guides us all—curious beginners, spiritual skeptics, and experienced practitioners—in brief, 10-minute meditations. Listen to Above the Noise on Luminary

Under The Skin with Russell Brand Luminary

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 5.6K Ratings

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A weekly interview series from Russell Brand that examines what's beneath the surface—of the people we admire, the ideas that define our time, and the history we’re told. Speaking with guests from the worlds of academia, popular culture, and the arts, Russell seeks to uncover the ulterior truth behind our constructed reality. And have a laugh.
On his new podcast ‘Above the Noise’ Russell guides us all—curious beginners, spiritual skeptics, and experienced practitioners—in brief, 10-minute meditations. Listen to Above the Noise on Luminary

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    #215 The Power Of Meditation and the Science Behind It (with Dr. Amishi Jha)

    #215 The Power Of Meditation and the Science Behind It (with Dr. Amishi Jha)

    This week I’m joined by Dr. Amishi Jha! Dr. Amishi is a professor of psychology at the University of Miami and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative. She studies mindfulness meditation and writes about the observable affects it has on brains and our attention, and is the author of Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day.
    In this episode Amishi explains in detail how our minds operate in terms of our focus and attention. What is happening neurologically at any given moment and how do our environment and our internal states affect this? How does mindfulness meditation affect this? The answer is…A LOT. If you had any skepticism around the power of meditation, allow Dr. Amishi to quell any suspicion and to, in fact, present you with the evidence. Of course, we discuss the spiritual and transcendental aspects of meditation, too, as we both believe there is more going on than we can currently measure. The potential is of what is and what could be is inspiring!

    More Info:
    Get a copy of Amishi's book here: https://amishi.com/

    Come see me live; check out upcoming dates:
    https://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/

    My meditation podcast, Above the Noise, is out now, only on Luminary. I release guided meditations every Wednesday. Please check it out: http://luminary.link/meditate

    Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox. (*not a euphemism)

    Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes!  https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand

    Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality: https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell

    Instagram:
    http://instagram.com/russellbrand/
    Twitter: 
    http://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    • 12 min
    #214 Are We in a Totalitarian Regime and Don’t Even Know It?! (With Dr. Brad Evans)

    #214 Are We in a Totalitarian Regime and Don’t Even Know It?! (With Dr. Brad Evans)

    This week I’m joined again by Dr. Brad Evans. Brad is a professor of Political Violence at the department of Politics, Languages & International Studies at the University of Bath. His latest book is called Ecce Humanitas: Beholding the Pain of Humanity. In this conversation we discuss the state of the world now: What are the issues we are facing? Who is controlling the narrative of our time? Are there any solutions? Are we trapped in a totalitarian regime and don’t know it? Brad has an incredible mind that understands the inner workings of power, violence, and subjugation.

    More Info:

    Get a copy of Brad's new book here:

    https://www.waterstones.com/book/ecce-humanitas/brad-evans/jake-chapman/9780231184632

    Come see me live; check out upcoming dates:

    https://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/



    My meditation podcast, Above the Noise, is out now, only on Luminary. I release guided meditations every Wednesday. Please check it out: http://luminary.link/meditate



    Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox. (*not a euphemism)



    Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes! https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand



    Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality: https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell



    Instagram:

    http://instagram.com/russellbrand/

    Twitter:

    http://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    #213 Fearlessness and Fighting Power (with Dr. Vandana Shiva)

    #213 Fearlessness and Fighting Power (with Dr. Vandana Shiva)

    This week I was fortunate to have Vandana Shiva return as a guest on the podcast. Her first interview on Under the Skin was one of my favourites, and as many of you noticed, moved me very much. Vandana is an Indian scholar, food sovereignty advocate, and environmental activist. She is author of: Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom. She is powerful, compassionate, and incredibly well educated. In this episode we talk about the real affect globalisation has on the world, the failings of COP26, the manipulation occurring at governmental levels by billionaires, and how we can cultivate fearlessness in order to stand up against the powerful to fight for what’s right and necessary.
    For more information on Vandana’s work and to take part in her online courses go to navdanya.org

    More Info:
    Come see me live; check out upcoming dates:
    https://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/

    My meditation podcast, Above the Noise, is out now, only on Luminary. I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday. Please check it out: http://luminary.link/meditate

    Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox. (*not a euphemism)

    Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes!  https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand

    Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality: https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell

    Instagram:
    http://instagram.com/russellbrand/
    Twitter: 
    http://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    • 13 min
    #211 Fighting Corruption Using a Spiritual Perspective (with Sarah Chayes)

    #211 Fighting Corruption Using a Spiritual Perspective (with Sarah Chayes)

    This week’s episode is fantastic! I am joined by Sarah Chayes, who was recommended to me during my episode with Sebastian Junger. Sarah Chayes is an author and a journalist, and has worked as a political advisor. She writes primarily about the nature of corruption. Her books include Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, and most recently: On Corruption in America: And What Is at Stake which is coming out in paperback in the US next week.

    This is a fascinating conversation with someone who possesses incredible experience. Sarah talks about her time in Afghanistan, her stint as a political advisor to the military, and her understanding of corruption that exists at every level of power. We get deep and philosophical about how this affects us as humans, and how we can fight corruption. 

    In the UK Sarah’s book On Corruption in America is titled Everybody Knows: Corruption in America if you’re looking to buy a copy.More Info:

    Get Sarah’s books here: https://www.sarahchayes.org/books

    Come see me live; check out upcoming dates:
    https://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/

    My meditation podcast, Above the Noise, is out now, only on Luminary. I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday. Please check it out: http://luminary.link/meditate

    Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox. (*not a euphemism)

    Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes!  https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand

    Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality: https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell

    Instagram:
    http://instagram.com/russellbrand/
    Twitter: 
    http://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    • 14 min
    #210 Is There a Point to Left Wing Politics? (with Jeremy Gilbert)

    #210 Is There a Point to Left Wing Politics? (with Jeremy Gilbert)

    This week I spoke with Jeremy Gilbert. Jeremy is a Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London. He is author of Twenty-First Century Socialism, and his latest book Hegemony Now: How Big Tech and Wall Street Won the World is out next year.
     
    As a big fan of the late Mark Fisher’s work, particularly his book Capitalist Realism (for which I did the audiobook recording), I was intrigued to learn that Mark and Jeremy were associates. And I felt very compelled to speak to Jeremy about his work and outlook on politics. This episode is a very down-to-earth, realistic and in-depth discussion about the work of the left wing in politics. What does the left stand for? What are they doing right now? Is it working? What needs to happen next?
    More info:
    Come see me live - check out all the dates here: https://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/

    My new meditation podcast Above the Noise is out now only on Luminary, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate 

    Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox.
    *not a euphemism

    Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes!
    https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand

    Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality.
    https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell
    Instagram: 
    http://instagram.com/russellbrand/
    Twitter: 
    http://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    • 15 min
    #209 Our Individuality vs. Our Need for One Another (with Sebastian Junger)

    #209 Our Individuality vs. Our Need for One Another (with Sebastian Junger)

    This week I spoke to the author of one of my favourite books, Tribe. Sebastian Junger is an American journalist, author and filmmaker. He is also is known for books such as The Perfect Storm, War, and his latest release, Freedom.

    In this episode we talk leadership, freedom, morality and solutions! What is this tension we have between our attachment to individuality and our need to be part of a tribe, a community? Sebastian can explain!


    More Info:

    Come see me live - check out upcoming dates: https://www.russellbrand.com/live-dates/ 

    My meditation podcast, Above the Noise, is out now only on Luminary, and the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts, I will be releasing guided meditations every Wednesday, please check out it: http://luminary.link/meditate 

    Elites are taking over! Our only hope is to form our own. To learn more join my cartel here https://www.russellbrand.com/join and get weekly bulletins too incendiary for anything but your private inbox.  *not a euphemism

    Subscribe to my YouTube channel, I post four videos a week including video clips from these episodes!
    https://www.youtube.com/russellbrand

    Subscribe to my YouTube side-channel for more wellness and spirituality.
    https://www.youtube.com/c/AwakeningWithRussell
    Instagram: 
    http://instagram.com/russellbrand/
    Twitter: 
    http://twitter.com/rustyrockets

    • 13 min

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